Former Scottish First Minister Henry McLeish has expressed his surprise at news of a “strategic and holistic review of the SPFL” lead by five Premiership clubs – with McLeish questioning why Rangers and Celtic haven’t been included.
Rangers have been pushing for a review of the SPFL’s operations for much of the last two years, with clubs rejecting the Gers’ appeals, before the SPFL-endorsed review led by Aberdeen, Dundee, Dundee United, Hearts & Hibernian.
McLeish admits his concern that this review could be influenced by “self-interest” as he called for a “comprehensive review” of the SPFL and Scottish FA, insisting the Scottish game “desperately needs restructuring and refinancing.”
“We have 42 clubs but only five are involved. It’s important to me that all of football is involved, not just a few,” McLeish said [Daily Record].
“Rangers and Celtic aren’t participating and I wonder what relationship they might have to this.
“What degree of consultation will take place? If it’s to be a review, will they speak to the other 37 clubs?
“Will they speak to the football authorities? Will they speak to the fanbase? They might surprise me by being comprehensive. I hope they are. Because Scottish football desperately needs restructuring and refinancing.
“I’m calling for a comprehensive review led by the SPFL and SFA – and supporters. What we need is a more in-depth and inclusive review starting now.
“This is the time to do it. No one would want to stop what has been announced from proceeding. But it’s five clubs. So, at the end of the day, it could be self-interest.”
While there is little question there is change needed in Scottish football, this little review seems a bit like moving the deck-chairs on the Titanic.
Until all 42 clubs and the relevant stakeholders work together to find solutions, Scottish football will continue to spin its wheels and Rangers and Celtic will remain streets ahead of the rest – while losing ground on other similar-sized leagues across Europe.